Bishop Gaydos’ statement announcing his retirement ends with this phrase:
“I plan to live out my days here in Jefferson City and with medical counsel I have been assured that I will be able to continue to lead a productive life in your midst.”
Is that so? In our midst? After years of almost continuous travel to all kinds of amazing places with fabulous people? Finally settling down then, in the convent that the good Carmelite Sisters used to inhabit? The one that got a million dollar renovation? Maybe keep an eye on things in the Diocese for us?
Now it just so happens that this blog was settling down for the exact same reason, ready to live out it’s days on the internet as a legacy of all the hard work Bishop Gaydos and his hand picked staff put into advancing the Transgender/LGBT agenda among Catholic children. They were as tough as nails, they didn’t budge an inch in the face of fierce opposition and withering publicity, they kept going until the Pope himself finally reduced the Bishop to an administrator. No apology, no backing down. It would be heroic if it weren’t also so predatory. Like the inverse of the Roman Martyrs. And that’s exactly what we don’t need any more of in this Diocese. These people are doing a good job building a legacy of successfully showing every other Diocese in the country and all the clergy what not to do. Or how to arrange things so that those who both support and oppose you are united in their distaste for your leadership. Kenny Rogers said it best, “You’ve got to know when to walk away, know when to run.” One wonders just how bad the publicity would have to get for people to listen to Kenny. So now the blog can continue to lead a productive life in our midst too.